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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830742840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830742844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,571,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Nuclear warfare. Religious jihads. Genetic engineering run amuck.

Are we nearing the end of the world as we know it? A few vocal futurists have publicly admitted that we are likely to destroy ourselves by the year 2050. Many more say that for the first time in human history we cannot confidently predict the broad outlines of the human condition a mere 50 years from now.

Join futurist Mark Hatch in this absorbing—and alarming—wake-up call on why many of today’s scientists and futurists believe the end is near. Hatch will examine credible doomsday scenarios and compare them with the biblical indicators of the last days. Then, he’ll invite you to explore with him what this means for Christians.

In Hatch’s first book, Boiling Point, released in January of 2001, he told us that within the decade we would see: blackouts and rolling brownouts (like those that have since hit both coasts), the danger of new infectious diseases (West Nile Virus, specifically), an increase in terrorism (with the likely development of ultra-violent extremism), and the use of video to distribute terror images globally (such as filmed beheadings).

What’s next for our fragile planet? Read The End to discover what the last chapter holds in store.

"Living each day to the fullest is easier when you think the end is near. Mark will blow your mind... it's near."
—Kirk Cameron
Actor, Cohost of The Way of the Master television program

“The End is one of the finest books I’ve read in the last five to ten years. Outstanding, just outstanding!”
—Elmer Towns
Author, Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough

About the Author

MARK HATCH is a professional member of the World Futures Society and ran a major futures research project for a Fortune 500 company. He has worked with numerous renowned futures-related institutions including the MIT Media Lab, The Institute for the Future, and the Global Business Network. He has been quoted in Wired and ComputerWorld, has presented at various technology conferences and made numerous radio appearances.

Mark was the Corporate Director of Global Technology and Business Development at Avery Dennison, where he ran a futures research project, was the Director of Computer Services at Kinko’s where he was responsible for the world’s largest publicly accessible computer network and was the Chief Operating Officer for health benefits ASP at Health Net.

Besides being a former Green Beret, Mark co-authored Boiling Point with George Barna, holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Irvine. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California.

More About the Author

Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop, is a former Green Beret, an innovation revolutionary and a leader in the Maker Movement. He has held executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship at large and small firms including Avery Dennison, Kinko's and Health Net.

The San Francisco Business Times presented Mark a "Bay Area's Most Admired CEO Award" and Fast Company has recognized him in their "Who's Next" column. TechShop also won the EXPY Award, given to the "experience stager of the year." His book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, came out in September of 2013.

Mark is a recognized leader in the global maker movement and is a sought after speaker and consultant on innovation, advanced manufacturing and leadership. He has spoken to groups from GE, Ford, P&G, ExxonMobile, Kraft, and many other Fortune 500 firms. He has presented at events and universities like TEDx, The Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, Singularity U, UC Berkeley, and Harvard.

Mark has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox among others. He has also been quoted in numerous prominent magazines and newspapers like Bloomberg Business, FastCompany, Inc, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and he has published a number of articles including an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

Mark holds an M.B.A. from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.

Through TechShop, Mark is focused on radically democratizing access to the tools of innovation by providing the lowest cost access to tools the world has ever seen. TechShop is crushing barriers to innovation and building new and exciting pathways for the creative class to do what it does best. Create. With six locations open and 100's planned over the next decade, TechShop is already reshaping how the world does innovation and manufacturing.

Mark likens TechShop to Kinko's 3D. Kinko's was the largest public access computer and quick print platform in the world. TechShop is already the largest public access tools and computer enabled manufacturing platform in the world.

With partners like Autodesk, Ford, GE, BMW, Arizona State University and Lowe's along with governmental agencies like DARPA (for advanced manufacturing) and the Veterans Administration (for Veteran's training) TechShop has already begun to significantly impact the economic development opportunities in every community it is built. Six companies, of the 100's) that have launched out of TechShop have already begun to change the world.

Inc Magazine awarded TechShop with the Inc 500/5000 private company award (#565) and named TechShop as the #37th fastest growing private retail company, and the #34th growing private company in the entire bay area.

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John Mallinak
This book will appeal to those with an interest in futurist studies.
Armchair Interviews
I've read this book a couple of times and it's truly alarming.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mild Bill on March 29, 2011
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Very, very disappointing book. I thought I was getting something serious, written by a futurist but informed by a Christian perspective. Instead, this is a book that could have been written by anyone that follows the news, full of poorly thought out worse case scenarios and fear-mongering, and dedicated to the proposition that the world will end somewhere around 2050. Anyone familiar with the writings of Hal Lindsey will recognize this genre immediately. I thought we got past this when the world refused to end in 1984 and again in 2000, 2001 and 2010, but I guess not. The author appears to know almost nothing about the technologies that he covers. As a christian, the message I would like to impart to other christians is simply that something is not automatically bad and evil just because it's new. The same objections to new technology that are raised by this author were raised about flight, anesthesia and probably antibiotics. Also a surprisingly short book.
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By ImaJew on November 16, 2012
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I actually know the author and when I saw the cover I was like Huh??? Are you serious? After reading the book I would say the cover is a bit less than indicative of the contents. Hey, isn't there a saying about judging books by their covers? Well, I do it, and this was a book I might have skipped if I didn't want to know Mark Hatch better. In the end I was glad that I read it, it was thought provoking and went in depth into how he is ahead of the curve in awareness as it relates to certain technology. Had I heard any of this 5 years ago, I'd have a hard time believing some of it. Today I know first hand just how true it all is and when I look at the popularity of tattoos, I really am a little frighted that my grandchildren might come walking in the house 30 years from now trying to keep me from catching a glimpse of the tail that they downloaded and programmed themselves with. Christian or not (I am Jewish myself, I do go to church and I do read the bible for that matter, but old testament or new I don't believe the stories in the bible are anything more than great parables from which we can gain a lot by reading and taking to heart) you should read this book. If I'm wrong, who knows maybe I'll find myself standing at some pearly gate and someone with an iPad is going to hold this review up to my nose and say "you told the whole world you don't believe in God on Jeff Bezos' website, here is your ticket to hell, burn for your sins." I lived in Vegas for 32 years. It doesn't take that long to get used to the heat.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cutedeedle on November 4, 2007
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I've read this book a couple of times and it's truly alarming. I don't believe that's the intent of the author, however. He is simply giving us the facts about which we may not be aware, and exhorting us to prepare for the end of earthly times. Now of course, we never know what God's timeline is, but the point is to be prepared at *any* time to meet our Heavenly Father. Scoff though you may at what Mr. Hatch tells us regarding the dark and possible misdeeds of science, I know some of them to be true from personal experience.

I'll give you two examples. My daughter and her boyfriend both do research for a large university/medical facilities/research center. She is in the main facility, he works at the primate center. So you thought smallpox was erased from the face of the earth in 1977, did you? You thought it's no longer a threat to humankind, did you? Not so. Said boyfriend had to get a smallpox vaccination before he started at his new job, which is investigating post-HIV/AIDS infections on the little primates. He was given very explicit instructions on how to care for the oozing smallpox wound before it healed and scabbed over. An entire generation has not been vaccinated against smallpox, my daughter being one of them. Suppose something like smallpox was unleashed upon the world again, either accidentally due to a lab accident or by terrorists?

The second example is from the same university/medical facilities/research center. They were to have a purported drill that would simulate a "dirty bomb" that went off in the city (it's a major U.S. city), and the medical facilities were to be tested for response, preparedness, personnel availability, etc. The entire test was a comedy of errors from beginning to end. Just think of how badly the federal government, or even a state government, responds in times of domestic crisis. Not a pretty picture, eh?

Better say your prayers now, read the book, learn from it, and prepare to meet thy Maker.
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